Look and Feel
I was immediately impressed by industrial design of the Zenfone 2. It has an understated style that gives the phone a simple yet elegant look, and the Zenfone 2 does not look or feel like a budget device. Lets take a look around the phone.
The front of the device is dominated by the 5.5-inch screen, with physical navigation keys below.
The back is curved toward the edges giving the phone a slimmer feel and has a brushed metallic finish on the plastic back panel. There are faint but tangible grooves running across the back that provide this a secure feel with a surprising amount of grip, and the effect looks very good up close.
The long middle cutout in the back panel isn’t just for the camera, as the vertical rocker below the camera sensor controls volume.
The top of the phone contains the sleep/wake button and 3.5 mm headphone jack, and this view also provides a better look at the curved back panel design.
Looking at the lower half of the back we see an unobtrusive grill in the plastic below the logo which contains the (mono) speaker.
The back panel tapers down to 3.9 mm at the edges
Overall the phone feels very well made, with an excellent fit and finish to all components and a great feel from the textured back panel. ASUS offers several options for this removable panel, and it snaps off quite easily to provide access to the dual SIM card slots and micro SD slot.
ASUS included a folio cover accessory with our review unit, and this cover actually replaces the back panel on the phone. Simply pull of the plastic back (which snaps into place) and snap it on for added protection – plus the extra features enabled with the cover installed.
The folio cover window will display a customizable variety of information such as time, weather, and recent activity. This only appears when the phone wakes with the cover closed, as lifting the cover from the screen automatically wakes the device.
This cover has a trim appearance and textured finish that adds grip
Next we'll check out the 5.5-inch touchscreen.